February 4, 2015

I’ve talked about accountability here before (see my Best Laid Plans post) and I decided I was going to do even more to be accountable for hobbies in my life.

 There are many things I enjoy doing: gardening, yoga, reading, pottery, crafting, the list is extensive. One thing I’m still very much working on is making time not only to do these things, but to improve them. Photography is one of my hobbies and I’ve always wanted to get better at it.

Thankfully, this blog is a great gateway for me to explore photography. And, thankfully, there are TONS of resources online to help in my endeavor. From unending Pinterest boards to Google searches, sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming.

That’s why I’m glad I came across a photography course from A Beautiful Mess. I know I refer to their blog a lot, but seriously, it’s a fantastic resource for learning and inspiration! They recently released a 52 week photography course. It sounds intimidating, but it’s great because you get to do the course at your own pace.

Each week has its own theme. The goal of the entire course is to make you stop and think about your subject, to capture the mundane moments of daily life and then to create small photo albums that celebrate your world.

Week 1, for instance, is Good Morning Good Night. The aim was to capture a piece of your morning or evening. Here is the photo I ended up selecting:

I’ve taken to ending my days with a cup of chamomile tea (I am absolutely in love with the little dried flowers!). Not my best photo, by far, but it’s a learning curve. One thing I’ve been working on is using natural light in pictures. That’s kind of hard to do in the evenings, but I tried. Also, the lighting in my house at the moment is a mixture of florescent, LED and who knows what which doesn’t help. I’m trying not making excuses, I’m using this to learn.

At any rate, I’m looking forward to taking more pictures and then to printing them and making mini-scrapbooks of my work. With everything being digital, it’s easy to upload pictures to Facebook or whatever and just leave them. And while I love Shutterfly and Artisan State, I’m incredibly excited to scrapbook hard copies of my photos!

I won’t be sharing all of my 52 photos (or maybe I will, who knows) but I do know that next week’s theme is Guilty Pleasure and I’ve already got some great ideas. You can look forward to some chips and guac pics next week 😉

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